Last month I outlined my England squad that I would take to this summer’s World Cup in Brazil. Perhaps the most debateable inclusion was John Terry, who retired from international football in September 2012. Some people disagree with my choice, so read below to find out why I would take John Terry to the World Cup.
But first, let’s get things straight. It is highly unlikely that Terry will make a return to the England squad, with Roy Hodgson confirming recently that the Chelsea captain would probably not be in his squad to take to Brazil. Terry was stripped of the England captaincy in February 2012 as he was due to stand trial due to allegations that he had racially abused Anton Ferdinand of QPR. This led to Fabio Capello resigning as England boss just a couple of months before Euro 2012. Terry played in new boss Roy Hodgson’s squad at the tournament in Ukraine and Poland, but only played one World Cup 2014 qualifier after the competition before quitting international football.
After some superb performances this season, there were calls for Terry to return to the international scene, but the defender played down the speculation, telling Sky Sports last month: “My days are gone and it is down to Gary [Cahill] and the young boys to push on for our country.
“A lot went on with myself and England. I love playing for my country, and I was very proud to do that and captain my country twice. Unfortunately things have changed and moved on, and I am concentrating on playing well and hopefully keeping us top of the league.”
But here’s why I think Terry should be taken to the World Cup if he was available…
1. Relationship with Gary Cahill
Terry’s relationship with Chelsea teammate with Gary Cahill has blossomed this season with the pair performing superbly at the heart of The Blues’ defence.
Jose Mourinho’s side have conceded the least goals in the Premier League this season, which is down to in no small part Terry and Cahill. I have no doubt that this relationship can be replicated within the England set-up, why can’t it be?
Not many other countries first choice centre-back pairings work together week in, week out and although Terry and Cahill playing together will not win us the World Cup, their understanding of one another may mean that no silly mistakes are made which could cost us games and points in Brazil.
Terry spoke in the above interview with Sky Sports about the “young boys” being given a chance in the squad. That’s all well and good and I’m sure that this summer could provide vital experience for the likes of Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling if they are picked by Hodgson, but in my view, you also need a player who has been there and done that to coach the youngsters.
Defence is probably the biggest area where you need experience, and even if Terry does not start every game in Brazil, he would be fantastic behind the scenes, and by that I do not mean with the WAGs.
He has been at four major international tournaments and has suffered heartache at all of them, something that I’m 99% sure that The Three Lions will feel this summer and it will hit the younger ones the most – and Terry will be there to help them overcome that.
3. Squad depth
Right now, I think only two centre-backs are pretty much guaranteed a place on the England plane to Brazil – Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka. After that, there’s players such as Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Steven Caulker to name a few who are overrated in my opinion and would not be suitable players to fill in if Jagielka or Cahill were injured.
But Terry would come in if needed and his aforementioned experience would almost make up for the quality that England would be missing – not to say that Terry is worse than Cahill or Jagielka.
People who say that Terry shouldn’t go to Brazil, let me ask you one question: who would you take instead?